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Coronavirus (Covid-19) - important information 17th May 2021

From 17th May 2021, a traffic light system will be used for overseas travel. This means trips to green list countries will be allowed, but only if you live in England or Scotland.

Wales and Northern Ireland haven't announced when non-essential international travel will be legally permitted, so it's important you follow all the rules that apply to you.

Before buying travel insurance, you should think about what could happen if your destination moves from a green list country to an amber or red list country. You may face extra costs and face travel restrictions that won't be covered by your travel insurance policy.

The traffic light system only tells you what you have to do when returning to England or Scotland, as there will be strict border control measures in place. So even if a country is on the green list, you still need to check your destination's entry requirements and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) advice for travelling there. If the Foreign Office has advised against travel to your destination and you still decide to travel, you won’t be covered by any travel insurance policy you buy.

A few insurers do offer cover if you're an essential traveller, but if you have any questions, you should check the policy wording or contact your chosen provider before you buy.

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What is single trip travel insurance?

Whether you're going on a city break to Paris or on a last minute holiday to Spain, single trip insurance is an affordable way to get essential coverage for holiday troubles like lost bags, strikes, flight delays and more.

Compare cheap travel insurance quotes with Confused.com and you could get holiday cover to suit you. We compare a number of trusted travel insurance companies so you can have peace of mind while you're away.

What could single trip travel insurance cover?

  • Most provide a 24 hour helpline offering you support in an emergency
  • Your baggage, personal possessions and money could be covered against damage, loss or theft (make sure you report any losses to the police within 24 hours)
  • It might be worth taking out additional cover if you’re planning to be active on your holiday; scuba diving, skiing and bungee jumping could be considered by an insurer as adventurous sports so make sure you're covered
  • Up to 52 providers to choose from, including the big names like AA and Flexicover

  • Your documentation could be emailed to you within one hour of purchase (please enter your email address carefully and check any junk or spam folders)

You could also be covered for:

  • Medical treatment and repatriation costs back to the UK could be covered if you get ill or injured abroad
  • If your holiday ends before it begins, cancellation cover means you could claim back the cost of your hotel and flight tickets
  • Many providers offer airline failure cover, which could offer protection if your airline goes bankrupt

If you have a serious, pre-existing medical condition

If you have a pre-existing medical condition, you can still get a quote through Confused.com. These conditions could include cancer, stroke, serious heart, respiratory and terminal conditions.

Some insurers might not cover you if you already have a serious medical condition, or if you have a number of conditions. Others might only offer insurance at a much higher price. If you're unable to find suitable cover, the Money and Pension Service (MaPS) has also set up a directory of insurers willing to cover customers with pre-existing medical conditions.

You can contact the Money and Pensions Service (MaPS) or you can telephone 0800 138 7777.

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